Welcome to a new year at Success Academy!

Dear SA Families,

This handbook includes policies that ensure our classrooms are safe, joyful, productive centers of learning that allow your child to thrive. Our school leaders and teachers are your partners in the education of your scholar, and we need your help to make every day as constructive and beneficial as possible.

To accomplish this requires the cooperation of everyone: Scholars need to get to school on time every day with their homework done, ready to learn and participate, and parents need to support their efforts to be the best students they can be.

Please read the handbook and use it as a reference throughout the year. If you have any questions about its contents, feel free to contact your school’s Main Office.

I also encourage you to visit the online tour of our elementary schools, which explains the “why” behind our school design and philosophy.

Enjoy the school year, and let’s achieve great things together.

Sincerely,

Eva Moskowitz
Founder and CEO

Parent Responsibilities

Parent Contract

As part of your child’s enrollment and re-enrollment each year, you must sign an online Parent Contract in which you pledge to abide by all of Success Academy’s culture policies and values. All of these policies and values work together to ensure Success Academy’s successful school model. (Please note that these may be revised each year, as our school design evolves. Last updated: 7.15.17.)

As a Success Academy Parent/Guardian, I pledge to take ACTION to succeed in the following ways:

  • I will teach, model, and live by the Success Academy values every day. I will inspire my scholar to love learning and strive to be exemplary.
  • I understand that every minute of instructional time counts. I will ensure that my scholar attends school every day.
  • I will ensure that my scholar arrives at Success Academy every day on time. I acknowledge that even a minute late is tardy.
  • I will notify the school of a valid absence no later than arrival time on the day of the absence and send my scholar with a note when he/she returns to school.
  • I will ensure that my scholar is picked up every day on time.
  • I will regularly and carefully read all information provided by Success Academy, sent in any media format, including emails.
  • I will provide all the necessary information for Success Academy to provide a safe environment for my scholar, including medical documents, contact information, and any necessary updates.
  • I will ensure that my scholar completes and turns in all homework assignments on time.
  • I will ensure that all reading assignments and reading logs are complete by the due date.
  • I will be an active member of my school community. I will interact with Success Academy staff frequently and call my scholar’s teacher before problems arise.
  • I will attend all family meetings and academic events.
  • I will respond to all non-emergency school communications within 24 hours, and any urgent communications immediately.
  • I will treat all members of the Success Academy team with respect.
  • I will ensure that my scholar observes the guidelines for expected behavior at Success Academy.
  • I will ensure my scholar comes to school in his/her complete uniform ready to learn every day.

Required Forms

Most of the information we need to ensure the health and safety of your scholar is now collected electronically through the Success Academy Scholar Information Account. Please make sure you keep this information up-to-date at all times. Forms that must still be submitted to the Main Office in hard copy are noted below. Blank copies of these forms are available upon request.

New Scholar Profile

The following forms were completed digitally as part of the online Scholar Profile you created and are valid from K-12, unless noted:

Display of Scholar Work:

This form and notification refers to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and relates primarily to the display of your child’s schoolwork in our halls and classrooms. The notification provides you with additional details about directory information and accessing your child’s educational records.

Ethnic Identification Form:

The U.S. Department of Education collects and records the ethnic identity of public school students. This information is used only for statistical analysis, data reporting, and accountability determinations. Children may not be refused admission to a public school because of race, color, creed, national origin, gender, gender identity, pregnancy, immigration/citizenship status, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or ethnicity.

Field Study & Activity Form:

Our scholars participate in numerous field studies and activities throughout the school year, and you are asked to sign one form consenting to your child’s participation. Please review the school’s ACTION newsletter and other communications to learn about scheduled field studies for your child. You may also be asked to complete additional consent forms for certain field studies. Families of returning scholars will only receive this digital form upon transition to a new school (elementary to middle school or middle school to high school).

Media Release, Permission, and Consent:

We often document and share the joy in our schools by taking photos and videos of our scholars, families, and staff. These images may be used for staff development, educational materials, or school promotional materials. By signing this digital form, you are giving your consent for your child and/or your family to be included in these recordings.

New Scholar Hard Copy Forms

The following materials must be submitted in hard copy to the Main Office by the first day of school. Download and complete according to directions below. Blank copies of these forms are available upon request.

Immunization Records:

Based on your child’s age, there are certain immunizations your child must receive to attend school. Your doctor may (1) record the immunization information on your child’s physical form or (2) provide you with a separate sheet of paper or yellow immunization card that contains the immunization details. If your child’s immunizations are not up to date, your child may not attend school.

Medication Administration Form (MAF):

If your child needs to take any prescription or over-the-counter medication, including for allergies, during the school day, you must bring the properly packaged and labeled medication to school and submit a MAF each year. The MAF must be completed by a doctor (including his/her license number or stamp) and must be signed by a parent/guardian.

New York State Residency:

Scholars must live in New York State to attend any Success Academy school because we are part of New York public schools. You must provide a proof of residency upon admission. If your permanent address changes during the school year, you must provide an updated proof of residency, and update your address information with the Main Office. Moving within NY does not impact your current enrollment. However, scholars who move out of New York State must withdraw immediately.

Acceptable Documents (Must show the resident's name and address)

Unacceptable Documents

Utility bill (cable, gas, landline phone, electric, water bill)

Any document missing resident’s name and address

Lease or rent statement

Driver’s license or Social Security Card

Tax documents

Bank statement

Paychecks

Cell phone bill

Any letter from a government agency (for food stamps, from the IRS, HRA, Medicaid, City Housing Authority, ACS, Child Health Plus, etc.)

Letters from banks, employers, private insurance companies, or hospitals

Physical Form (Health Examination Form):

A completed form with your child’s doctor’s name and license number is required upon admission to Success Academy. If your child has a medical condition or diagnosis that could affect him or her during the school day, please inform the school as soon as possible.

Scholar’s Birth Certificate:

Birth certificates verify identification and date of birth for scholars. A copy of your child’s birth certificate must be provided upon acceptance to Success Academy before school begins.

Returning Scholar Profile

All forms submitted digitally through the Success Academy Enrollment Forms site are valid from K-12. However, we ask that you keep the information up-to-date as needed, especially your contact information. Families of returning scholars will be asked to update the Field Studies and Activities digital form upon transition to a new school (elementary to middle school or middle school to high school).

Returning Scholar Hard Copy Forms

The following materials must be submitted in hard copy to the Main Office by the first day of school for returning scholars. Where applicable, download and complete according to directions below.

Immunization Records:

Whenever additional immunizations are received, take an updated copy of the immunization records to the Main Office. If your child’s immunizations are not up to date, your child may not attend school.

Medication Administration Form (MAF):

If your child needs to take any prescription or over-the-counter medication, including for allergies, during the school day, you must bring the properly packaged and labeled medication to school and submit a MAF each year. The MAF must be completed by a doctor (including his/her license number or stamp) and must be signed by a parent/guardian.

Physical Form (Health Examination Form):

We recommend that your child receive a new physical exam each year, but we require updated physical forms in grades 2 and 4. In grades 2 and 4, you are required to provide the school a copy of the physical form with your child’s doctor’s name and license number. If you do not provide an updated physical form, your child may not attend school.

Communication

As a Success Academy parent or guardian, we ask that you:

  • keep your contact information up-to-date;
  • return any of our calls within 24 hours;
  • read the weekly ACTION Update email to stay aware of announcements and school events;
  • call or email the Main Office, your child’s teachers, or the school’s leadership team at anytime.

Throughout the year, we will call, email, text, and meet with you about your child’s academic and behavioral growth and achievements. We will also notify you about important announcements and school events via a digital ACTION Update emailed to all families weekly.

We like to hear from you too. Call or email the Main Office, your child’s teachers, or the school’s leadership team. If we do not pick up the phone, please leave a message, and we will return your call within 24 hours or, if over the weekend, by Monday afternoon.

If you have any questions or concerns that cannot be answered by the school, please contact the network office at 646-597-4642 or email info@SuccessAcademies.org. If network staff cannot address your concerns, you may follow the formal complaint policy, which is available upon request in the Main Office.

Homework

We believe in homework at Success Academy. Effective homework is work that advances a child’s understanding and knowledge, not busy work or simplistic worksheets. It is critical for different reasons at different ages. Fostering a love of reading should be the primary purpose of homework in elementary school. It is also a time to practice essential skills like spelling words or quick math facts.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your child completes all homework assignments on time. Satisfactory completion of homework is one of the components we evaluate in assessing a scholar’s overall performance and whether a scholar will move to the next grade. Written assignments in the homework packet may include a mix of math facts, vocabulary, and spelling practice. Here is a brief overview of homework by grade per night:

Kindergarten:

  • Reading Aloud to Scholars: 6 books/week
  • Independent Reading: 10 minutes
  • Written Assignments: 5 minutes

Grade 1:

  • Reading Aloud to Scholars: 6 books/week
  • Independent Reading: 15 minutes
  • Written Assignments: 10 minutes

Grade 2:

  • Reading Aloud to Scholars: 6 books/week
  • Independent Reading: 20 minutes
  • Written Assignments: 10 minutes

Grade 3:

  • Independent Reading: 30 minutes
  • Written Assignments: 30 minutes

Grade 4:

  • Independent Reading: 30 minutes
  • Written Assignments: 30 minutes

Reading

We count on you to help foster your scholars’ love of reading by reading to your child daily in the early elementary grades and ensuring that your child reads independently in the later elementary grades. Reading aloud will help your child develop listening comprehension skills, critical-thinking abilities, and vocabulary, while independent reading at home will improve your scholar’s concentration and stamina.

Your scholar will come home with book baggies full of fiction and nonfiction books to read at home, so make sure you set aside reading time and use your scholar’s book baggie as an exciting resource.

You and your scholar are responsible for tracking the number of books or number of minutes that you and your child read nightly on a reading log, which you can find in your child’s homework packet.

We expect 100% completion of reading logs every week. To reach this weekly goal, families of scholars in grades K-2 must read aloud six books per week, and scholars in grades 3 and 4 must read independently for 30 minutes a day, six days a week.

Summer and Holiday Homework

During school breaks, scholars can lose the gains they made during the school year. To combat this, we assign homework over holidays and summer break so that every scholar is prepared to move to the next lesson when school resumes.

Attendance

Scholars

We expect scholars to come to school every day for the entire day. If your child is ill and will be absent or late to school, you must call or email the Main Office before the start of the school day. Absences can be either excused or unexcused, as set forth in the chart below:

Excused Absences and Tardies

Unexcused Absences and Tardies

Illness verified by a doctor’s note

Routine doctor’s appointments (schedule these for dates/times when school is not in session)

Death of a close family member, verified by program or newspaper clipping

Family vacation

Court appearance that requires the child’s presence, verified by court document

Parent/guardian illness

Observance of a religious holiday

Trouble with public transportation or bad weather

*updated 9/18/17

If your child is regularly absent from school, your child is likely to fall behind academically and socially. In the event of repeated absences or late arrivals, we will contact you to schedule a meeting at either the school or the network office. At this meeting, we will provide you with strategies that can help improve your child’s attendance. If your child misses more than 15 days of school, he or she may have to repeat the grade to make up for lost instructional time.

Parent/guardian

Parent/guardian attendance is also essential for your scholar’s success. We expect your attendance at all required meetings and school events. It will be clearly noted in communications when your attendance is required.

Uniforms

Our dress code requires that all scholars wear uniforms — no exceptions. Uniforms help maintain a school culture of unity and academic excellence. We require scholars to wear uniforms to eliminate the inevitable distractions and status distinctions caused by clothing and to ensure that our scholars are focused on learning. All scholars must adhere to the dress code guidelines.

Girls Required Uniform

  • Plaid jumper with navy tights or socks OR navy pants
  • Short-sleeved or long-sleeved polo
  • V-neck cardigan sweater
  • Plain black leather shoes with rubber soles and no laces, designs, or logos OR the Flynn O'Hara black slip-on canvas shoes
  • Backpack

Girls Optional Uniform Additions

  • Lunch bag

Boys Required Uniform

  • Pants with required belt
  • Short-sleeved or long-sleeved oxford
  • V-neck cardigan sweater
  • Orange tie
  • Plain black leather shoes with rubber soles and no laces, designs, or logos OR the Flynn O'Hara black slip-on canvas shoes
  • Backpack

Boys Optional Uniform Additions

  • Lunch bag
  • Bow tie

Uniforms and backpacks are sold through FlynnO’Hara. To find a FlynnO’Hara store near you or to place an order online, go to www.flynnohara.com/school/ny264. You can also call 800-441-4122. Remember to write your child’s first and last name with a permanent marker on the tag of all school uniform items.

Families currently experiencing a hardship may qualify for financial assistance. Please contact your school’s Main Office to learn more about the financial assistance process for FlynnO’Hara uniforms.

Accident Packs

All scholars in grades K-2 are required to bring an accident pack to school that includes a pair of underwear, a change of tights for girls, and an extra uniform or outfit. If your child uses his or her accident pack, please replace the items the next day.

Parent Investment Card

Schools issue parent/guardian Parent Investment Cards throughout the year to share feedback on fulfilling important parent responsibilities. Your scholar simply cannot achieve his or her greatest potential without you. The card will reflect three areas of focus and highlight feedback on a green, yellow, and red scale.

Homework Supervision

What is expected:

You make homework completion and reading a priority at home. Your child completes at least 96% of all regular and vacation homework.

Why this is important:

Effective homework advances a child’s understanding and knowledge. In elementary school, the primary purpose of homework is to foster a love of reading and practice essential skills like spelling words or quick math facts. It also factors into whether a scholar is ready to advance to the next grade. By middle school, homework becomes an essential part of learning by doing and impacts scholars’ GPA. Homework assignments count for 25% of a high school scholar’s course grade and help develop self-discipline and the time-management skills critical for success in college, where almost all work is done outside of class.

School Readiness

What is expected:

Your child attends school everyday and arrives on time and in uniform. Your child has no unexcused absences, tardies, uniform infractions, or suspensions. Your child acts responsibly at school and while in transit to and from school.

Why this is important:

Scholars miss so much learning when they aren’t in school. Each day is packed full, and even being a few minutes late can impact your scholar’s progress. Disruptive behavior takes away from important learning time as well. Understanding the importance of being on time and embodying the honor code will help scholars succeed long after they leave Success Academy. Together, we are helping them become responsible and productive citizens.

Parent Responsiveness and Investment

What is expected:

You respond to all communications (including meeting requests) from your child’s teachers, principal, or school staff within 24 hours —  just as you can expect us to respond to your requests in a timely way. You complete requests (like submitting required scholar forms) by the stated deadline. You attend all required school events and meetings, such as Your Scholar’s Success meetings. You are respectful when interacting with your child’s teachers, principal or any school staff, just as we are respectful to you.

Why this is important:

First and foremost, good communication between school staff and parents and guardians is essential. When issues arise—good or bad— it is important they are addressed in-the-moment to assure scholars are getting the support, reinforcement, or congratulations they need for progress. Second, our community is built on respect. Even if you don’t agree with something happening at school, discussing it from a place of respect allows for progress. Some meetings are required when information is best delivered in person with the opportunity to ask and respond to questions.

Parent Investment Expectations Per Reporting Period  

Homework Supervision (Completion of regular and vacation homework)

Green: Meeting Expectations

  • During the reporting period, my scholar’s homework completion rate was a 96.0% or above.

Yellow: Approaching Expectations

  • During the reporting period, my scholar’s homework completion rate was between 85.1% to 95.9%.

Red: Below Expectations

  • During the reporting period, my scholar’s homework completion rate was an 85.0% or below.

School Readiness

Green: Meeting Expectations

  • During the reporting period, my scholar had: no unexcused absences; and
  • no tardies; and
  • no uniform infractions; and
  • no suspensions.

Yellow: Approaching Expectations

  • During the reporting period, my scholar had: 1 unexcused absence; or
  • 1 tardy; or
  • 1 uniform infraction; and
  • no suspensions.

Red: Below Expectations

  • During the reporting period, my scholar had: 2+ unexcused absences;
  • 2+ uniform infractions; or
  • 2+ tardies; or
  • a suspension.

Parent Responsiveness and Investment

Green: Meeting Expectations

  • During the reporting period, I: responded to all communications within 24 hours; and
  • completed all requests (including forms) on time; and,
  • attended all required meetings; and
  • always showed respect when interacting with members of the school community.

Yellow: Approaching Expectations

  • During the reporting period, I: responded to all but 1 communication within 24 hours; or
  • completed all but 1 request (including forms) on time; or
  • missed 1 required meeting; and
  • always showed respect when interacting with members of the school community.

Red: Below Expectations

  • During the reporting period, I didn’t respond to at least two communications within 24 hours; or
  • didn’t complete at least 2 requests (including forms) on time; or
  • missed at least 2 required meetings; or
  • had disrespectful interactions with members of the school community.

Get Involved

General Information

There are many ways to get involved. You can chaperone field trips, support school clubs, and help with bulletin boards and school events. As a parent, the best way to support your scholar is to ensure the reading gets done every day and that all homework is completed.

Volunteers who will have direct and substantial unsupervised contact with scholars will require a background check.

Advocacy

As a Success Academy family, you are part of a larger mission to reform public education. Success Academy families share a belief that all children deserve access to a high-quality public education. Unfortunately, powerful special interest groups and complex political environments prevent charter schools from growing to serve the thousands of families that enter the lottery each year.

Like families that fought for your school, your participation in our advocacy work is essential to ensure the “Three F’s” — Funding, Facilities, and Freedom — so that we receive funding equal to district schools, that we can have the facilities to open middle and high schools, and that we operate our schools with the freedom to innovate in teaching and learning. Parents should read the weekly ACTION Update to learn how to get involved in our community’s advocacy events.

Parent Council

All parents and guardians may participate in the Parent Council — our version of the PTA. Parent Council members play a critical role in building parent engagement, from organizing family events to acting as a resource for other families. You can also take on a bigger leadership role and run for the Parent Council Executive Committee (PCEC). This committee works closely with school leadership, leads several school-wide projects, and encourages participation in all parent and school activities. All leadership members must undergo a background check to hold a position. The PCEC models and upholds our strong school culture. Please contact your school’s Main Office to obtain information about meetings and election dates.

Field Studies

We take scholars on field studies as part of our classroom curriculum and to provide meaningful learning experiences. Information about upcoming field studies will be emailed to you in the school’s ACTION Update.

In order to make these trips possible, we often ask for adult volunteers to serve as chaperones. If you would like to chaperone a field study, please notify your child’s teacher. You will receive materials or be asked to attend a training that outlines chaperone guidelines.

If you sign up to chaperone a field study, we ask that you honor your commitment. For safety reasons, we are required to have a certain number of chaperones. If a chaperone does not follow through on a commitment, we may have to cancel that day’s field study. Chaperones who cancel on the day of the field study, show up late, do not follow the guidelines above, or fail to adhere to the Parent Contract may not be allowed to chaperone future field studies.

If the school’s leadership decides a scholar requires individual supervision to ensure his or her safety or the safety of others on a field study, Success Academy may require a parent or other volunteer chaperone chosen by the parent to accompany the scholar. If a parent or other chaperone cannot accompany the scholar, Success Academy will place the scholar in a supervised classroom or make other accommodations to ensure the scholar is receiving education during the field study.

Social Media

Success Academy has a large and growing social media community, and we love sharing joyful photos, videos, and the latest news on our main Facebook page, as well as unique Facebook pages for each of our schools. Search your school’s name on Facebook or reach out to your Main Office to connect online. Other suggested platforms to follow:

We welcome families’ participation on social media and encourage you to share photos and videos with the hashtag #InsideSuccess! We love to celebrate each of our scholar’s achievements — big and small — and we appreciate your help in building safe and welcoming online communities! As a reminder, please always be respectful in posts, especially when responding to people you disagree with.  Don’t post information that is false, use inappropriate or discriminatory language, or solicit advertising — and if your scholar uses social media, please discuss what is appropriate to post on these platforms.

Gear Store

Show off your SA pride with optional items from our Gear Store. It offers Success Academy apparel, bags and accessories, drinkware, and posters for purchase. (These items are not part of the scholar uniform and are not required by scholars or parents).

Academic Calendar & School Day

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar marks key events such as no-school days, early-dismissal days, and the first and last days of school. Calendars vary slightly from school to school; please find your school’s specific calendar below.

Bed-Stuy 3, Bushwick, Far Rockaway, Flatbush, South Jamaica:

Academic Calendar

Bed-Stuy 2, Bensonhurst, Bergen Beach, Bronx 1, Bronx 2, Bronx 3, Bronx 4, Cobble Hill, Crown Heights, Harlem 1, Harlem 2, Harlem 4, Hell’s Kitchen, Prospect Heights, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens, Union Square, Upper West, Washington Heights, Williamsburg:

Academic Calendar

Harlem 6:

Academic Calendar

Bed-Stuy 1, Fort Greene, Harlem 3, Harlem 5:

Academic Calendar

Hudson Yards:

Academic Calendar

A few things to note:

  • Start dates vary across schools.
  • In the 2017-18 school year, spring break will be March 5 to 9, 2018. This is earlier than usual due to the dates of the New York State ELA and Math Exams, which are set by the state.
  • A half-day schedule is in effect on Wednesdays and may occasionally change to other days of the week to accommodate academic programming.
  • Dates are subject to change; please make sure to read the ACTION Update regularly.

School Closures/Delayed Openings

Understanding that school is the primary source of child care for many of our families, we rarely close school because of bad weather. When storms are forecasted we will let you know whether we will close or delay the opening of school. You will receive notification via email and social media. If necessary, we may also send texts and robocalls. You can also check www.successacademies.org or call the Main Office.

Arrival and Dismissal

For safety reasons, K-4 scholars must always be dropped off and picked up by a parent/guardian, an authorized adult, or an authorized older sibling on the school’s pick-up list. Elementary School scholars may not travel in a cab, in a van with a driver, on the bus or subway, or on foot without a parent/guardian.

Authorized adults and siblings must be on the school’s pick up list and show photo ID to enter a school building. To make any changes to the pick up list, a parent must update the list in the online scholar information profile and contact the Main Office at least 24 hours in advance of a pick up. Van drivers are not allowed to pick up scholars.

Arrival

Parents/guardians or authorized adults must bring scholars to the arrival door at school. If you arrive late, you must escort your scholar to the Main Office to sign in. You may not leave your scholar at the front entrance, the corner of the building, or at the security desk to walk to their classroom alone.

Dismissal

Teachers and scholars will line up by homeroom class. Teachers must dismiss each scholar individually and check the ID of the adult who is picking up the scholar. Please line up near your child’s class and wait patiently to shake the teacher’s hand before you pick up your child. Please give staff extra time to dismiss during the first couple of weeks of school while they’re still getting to know scholars and families.

Late Pickup

Please make sure to pick up your child from school on time. Scholars who are not picked up ten minutes after dismissal time will receive an infraction. If late pick ups become a pattern, school leadership will contact you to schedule a meeting to discuss the reasons for the late pick up and strategies for arriving on time.

2017-2018 Doors Open, Arrival, and Dismissal Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday:

  • Doors Open: 7:30 A.M.
  • Arrival: 7:45 A.M.
  • Dismissal: 3:45 P.M.

Wednesday:

  • Doors Open: 7:30 A.M.
  • Arrival: 7:45 A.M.
  • Dismissal: 12:30 P.M.

*Schools have the option to open doors at 7:25 A.M.

Note: Arrival and dismissal times are subject to change during state testing and for special events and activities. This change may include making Wednesday a full day and other days half-days as needed. Any changes will be communicated in the ACTION Update; please make sure to read it regularly.

School Supplies and Lunch

Success Academy provides all scholars with their necessary school supplies — you will never have to purchase pencils, notebooks, or other classroom supplies. Lunch and snacks are also provided free of charge for all scholars, except on early dismissal days. For scholars with dietary restrictions or allergies, parents must provide lunch and snacks as appropriate.

Recess

Just like math and science, recess is a critical part of a scholar’s day — and it is not optional. Our scholars want (and need) a break from the rigors of the academic day and the opportunity to exercise outside and socialize with their peers. We go outside for recess just about every day. Even in the winter months, we do not stop outdoor play. Unless it is raining heavily, snowing, or there is ice on the playground, low temperatures should not be a barrier to outside play. Please make sure your child comes to school dressed appropriately for the weather so that he or she can fully enjoy recess.

Specials and Electives

Specials and electives are a core element of the Success Academy school design. Success Academy strives to offer world-class scholar talent programs that engage and inspire all SA scholars. A school may offer art, basketball, chess, dance, music, soccer, or theater. Not all programs will be available at all schools. Scholars will attend one special (grades K-2) or elective (grades 3 and 4) for 45 minutes per day. In grades K-2, scholars will rotate through all specials available at the school; in grades 3 and 4, scholars will select two of the programs to study all year long.

After-School

After-School Programs

If your child attends an offsite after-school program, you must arrange for an adult with the program to pick up your child and add that person to the school’s pick-up list. For safety reasons, scholars cannot be picked up by a car or van service, even if an after-school program operates or provides such transportation services. It is also your responsibility to inform the after-school program about special circumstances such as events, holidays, school closures, early dismissal days, etc.

Clubs

Success Academy is often able to offer after-school and Wednesday clubs. Clubs are selective, as interest typically exceeds the number of available slots. Teachers select scholars for after-school clubs based on their performance in class. Families receive emails about their scholar’s selection to a club typically by early September.

Success Academy after-school clubs require that participating families pay a fee, which helps offset the cost of these programs. Families experiencing hardship may qualify for financial aid. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s participation in these activities, or about financial aid, please contact the Main Office.

School Day Policies

In-School Policies

Open-Door Policy:

We believe in transparency. After the first six weeks of school, you are free — without an appointment — to come to the school and observe any classroom. Simply stop by the Main Office and let us know you are there. Visits are limited to 30 minutes, and we ask that you please remain silent while visiting a classroom so you don’t interrupt student learning.

Nut Policy:

The school is nut-aware. Nut allergies are a medical condition that can cause severe and life-threatening reactions. For the safety of scholars with nut allergies, all snacks and lunches brought to school should not contain nuts.

Junk Food Policy:

Success Academy has a strict ban on sugary drinks and junk food. Schools offer scholars a nutritious lunch and snack daily and expect our families to adhere to our nutritional standards. Any candy, soda, and other junk food that students bring to school will be thrown out.

Health Policies

Keep Scholar Home Policy:

If your child has a contagious illness or any of the symptoms or ailments below, please keep your child at home and seek a doctor’s care.

Flu

Fever of 99.4°F or higher

Pinkeye (conjunctivitis)

What is pinkeye?

Pinkeye (also called conjunctivitis) is redness and swelling of the eyelid and eye surface. Pinkeye is very common. It usually is not serious and goes away in 7 to 10 days without medical treatment. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or allergies and is highly contagious.

How we prevent the spread of pinkeye

We ask scholars to frequently wash or sanitize their hands at school. Please make sure you do the same at home. Poor hand-washing is the main cause of the spread of pinkeye.

If your scholar takes medication for allergies, please make sure that your child is taking his or her medication regularly as allergies can cause pinkeye.

If you suspect your scholar has pinkeye

Keep them home until symptoms resolve themselves. They will be sent home if they come to school with pinkeye.

Body lice

What is body lice?

Body lice are tiny insects, about the size of a sesame seed that live in clothing and bedding and travel to skin several times a day to feed on blood. The most common sites for bites are around the neck, shoulders, armpits, waist and groin. They are different from head lice and are spread by skin to skin contact. They are a common problem among school-age children and are not an indicator of poor hygiene. They do not transmit diseases or infections, and do not jump or fly from host to host.

How we prevent the spread of body lice

Routinely check your child’s head and body for rashes/skin bumps, itching, bites, or bruises on arms, torso, or thighs. Symptoms may not appear for days or weeks.

If your scholar has body lice

You must take your child to the doctor to be evaluated and treated. Your child cannot come back to school without a doctor’s note and proof of treatment. If your child is brought to school with lice, we will send him/her home. All clothing, towels, and bedding that an affected person has used must be washed in hot water and dried thoroughly on high heat. All carpeting and rugs must also be thoroughly vacuumed. Hair accessories, such as hair elastics and ribbons, should be thrown away.

Treat household members who have had skin-to-skin contact with an affected person at the same time to prevent re-infestation.

Head lice

What is head lice?

Lice are parasites that are found on human heads. Head lice are spread by personal contact or the sharing of combs, brushes, caps, and other clothing and a common problem among school-age children and are not an indicator of poor hygiene. They do not transmit diseases or infections, and do not jump or fly from host to host.

How to prevent the spread of head lice

Please routinely check your child’s head/hair for lice, rashes/skin bumps, or bites. Pay attention to signs of itching.

If your scholar has head lice

You must take your child to the doctor to be evaluated and treated. Your child cannot come back to school without a doctor’s note and proof of treatment. If your child is brought to school with lice, we will send him/her home. All clothing, towels, and bedding that an affected person has used must be washed in hot water and dried thoroughly on high heat. All carpeting and rugs must also be thoroughly vacuumed. Hair accessories, such as hair elastics and ribbons, should be thrown away.

Bed bugs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are tiny insects that live in furniture such as mattresses, sofas, and couches. Bites may consist of a raised red bump or by trails of bites in one area. They are often accompanied by intense itching.

How we prevent the spread of bed bugs

When a bed bug is found on a scholar’s clothing, backpack or seat pack, it is our policy that the scholar be sent home and remain out of school while the family has the scholar’s home inspected. The scholar may return to school once the family shows proof of inspection and extermination.

If you suspect your home may have bed bugs

Please notify the school immediately and arrange to have your home inspected and, if necessary, treated by an exterminator. Learn more at epa.gov and Choosing and Working with a NYC Pest Control Company.

Scarlet fever

What is scarlet fever?

Scarlet fever is a bacterial illness that develops in some people who have strep throat. Also known as scarlatina, scarlet fever features a bright red rash that covers most of the body. Scarlet fever is almost always accompanied by a sore throat and a high fever.

Scarlet fever is most common in children 5 to 15 years of age. Although scarlet fever was once considered a serious childhood illness, antibiotic treatments have made it less threatening. Still, if left untreated, scarlet fever can result in more-serious conditions that affect the heart, kidneys and other parts of the body.

How we prevent the spread of strep throat and scarlet fever

We ask scholars to frequently wash or sanitize their hands at school. Please make sure you do the same at home. Poor hand-washing is the main cause of the spread of infections. We also encourage scholars to always cover their mouths with their elbow when sneezing.

If you suspect your scholar may have a strep throat/scarlet fever

Keep your child home and talk to your doctor if they have a sore throat with: A fever of 102 F (38.9 C) or higher, swollen or tender glands in the neck, or a red rash.

Ringworm

What is ringworm?

Ringworm (tinea or dermatophytosis) is a type of fungal infection of the skin – it actually has nothing to do with worms. The specific symptoms of ringworm depend on the location, but typically include: Itchy skin; Red, scaly, or cracked skin; A ring-shaped rash (from which ringworm gets its name); Hair loss in the affected area (if hair was present).

How we prevent the spread of ringworm

Ringworm is highly contagious. We ask scholars to frequently wash or sanitize their hands at school. Please make sure you do the same at home. Poor hand-washing is the main cause of the spread of infections. You can catch ringworm by: Having direct, skin-to-skin contact with affected areas of an infected person’s body; Touching an infected animal, particularly cats, dogs, guinea pigs, and cows; Touching an object or surface that’s contaminated with the fungi, such as clothing, towels, bed linens, brushes, chairs, and toilet.

If you suspect your scholar may have ringworm

Keep your child home and talk to your doctor. While ringworm can often easily be treated with over-the-counter antifungal medications, which are available as creams, gels, lotions, sprays, and powders, it is best to discuss with your doctor about the best treatment.

If a staff member believes that your child has any of these, we will notify you and send your child home immediately. Your child may return to school only after we receive proof of treatment. Your child does not need a doctor’s note to return after having a fever.

If a bed bug is found on your child or your child’s personal belongings, you must provide documentation that appropriate action has been taken by your landlord or an exterminator before your child can return to school.

Seasonal Allergies Policy:

Many of our Success Academy scholars suffer from seasonal allergies, and we want them to be happy, healthy, and able to focus during school hours. If your child suffers from seasonal allergies, please make sure he or she is receiving the care needed, including the administration of prescribed medication.

What are seasonal allergies?

  • Seasonal allergies, sometimes called "hay fever" or seasonal allergic rhinitis, are allergy symptoms that happen during certain times of the year, usually when outdoor molds release their spores, and trees, grasses, and weeds release tiny pollen particles into the air to fertilize other plants.

What to do if your child suffers from seasonal allergies

  • Wash your child’s arms and face after walking outside to remove pollen and decrease irritation to the child’s eyes.
  • Keep windows closed at home to keep pollen outside.

If your child needs to take any allergy medication (prescription or over-the-counter) during the school day, make sure you and your doctor have completed the Medication Administration Form (MAF).

Academics

Scholar Performance Reports

Schools issue performance reports throughout the year to inform you about your child’s academic and character progress. These reports contain important information such as grades, absences, tardies, etc.

Special Education

Success Academy is dedicated to ensuring that your child receives the services he or she needs to excel in school. If your scholar struggles to learn despite all the robust general education support we provide, then the school’s leadership will meet to discuss additional services. Success Academy guides families through the special education referral and evaluation process and coordinates special education services with the Committee on Special Education. If your incoming scholar has an Individualized Education Program, please notify the school as soon as possible. If you have questions about your child’s services, about the Committee on Special Education, or about special education in general, please contact the school’s special education staff. If you have questions about accommodations under Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, please contact your school’s Education Manager, who is the school’s Section 504 Coordinator.

State Exams

The New York State exams, and related practice tests/dress rehearsals, are mandatory for all scholars. These exams provide critical information to our families, teachers, administrators, and network about scholar learning. They also help instill important life skills — such as preparation, persistence, and grit — and teach scholars to take pride in their effort and accomplishments. Finally, because the exams are part of our curriculum, they are often factored into decisions about whether scholars are ready to move to the next grade.

Tutoring

Please do not ask your child’s teacher or another staff member for tutoring outside school. It is not permitted. If your child needs additional support, have a conversation with your child’s teacher.

Skips and Holdovers

We are fully committed to always meeting every scholar’s academic needs and finding the best fit for them, including supports and appropriate challenges. Sometimes we will recommend moving your scholar to another grade, either forward (skip) to ensure a scholar is engaged and challenged by the material, or back (holdover) to ensure they have fully mastered the material. Your principal and teacher will have a series of discussions with you to determine if these are appropriate steps.

School Culture

ACTION Values and Building Moral Character

In addition to teaching scholars to be good readers, writers, mathematicians, and scientists, we believe they need to learn how to be people of high moral character and be self-reflective about their actions. Values start with adults and filter to children: Our entire school community lives by our ACTION values. At all Success Academy schools, respect for others and proper behavior are taught, modeled, expected, and rewarded. Values and good character are a part of our daily instruction. Our ACTION values are more than just slogans on a wall; they are central to who we are:

Value / Definition

Examples of how parents / guardians can model ACTION values

Agency: Take responsibility for one’s own actions

Address issues proactively and constructively.

Curiosity: Always ask questions

Take an active part in your child’s education by attending events and monitoring homework.

Try and Try: Always give your best

Ensure that your child is following our school policies (e.g., in school every day for the whole day, on time, in uniform).

Integrity: Be honest and trustworthy

Treat school staff and community members with respect and honesty.

Others: Be a nice and thoughtful member of one’s community

Participate in school events, field studies, or the Parent Council. Volunteer when you can. Attend advocacy events to support your scholar and help more families get access to high-quality schools.

No Shortcuts: Never look for the easy way out

Do everything that is necessary to help your child achieve success, no matter how difficult the task.

Respecting Diversity

At Success Academy, we believe that mutual respect is at the heart of our school community. We talk to children about the responsibility we have to ourselves and to each other to do what is right and kind, to be honest and open, and to treat others as we wish to be treated. Discrimination is against the law, and it is the policy of Success Academy to respect every member of our community regardless of race, color, gender, ethnicity, religious beliefs, disability, or sexual orientation, including a person’s LGBTQ status. We do so not just because it’s our legal obligation, but because we believe all people should be treated fairly.

Academic Integrity

One of our core values is honesty; we take academic integrity seriously. In general, academic cheating is:

  • Claiming someone else’s work as your own, including copying a fellow scholar’s work or the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another and the representation of such language/thoughts as original work (plagiarism);
  • Taking an illicit, unfair advantage on work assigned, including through online resources or unauthorized technology;
  • Changing answers when correcting work in class; or
  • Falsifying school work in any way.

In school, we talk to children about cheating, and we increase the frequency of this message as kids ascend grades. We explain why it is wrong. We explain what it looks like, and what behaviors constitute cheating. We also explain that we have stiff penalties for cheating and why those penalties are put in place. Scholars who cheat will receive an automatic three-­day suspension. This helps not only to dissuade the child from cheating but also to prevent even greater moral misconduct later on in life.

Our families play an essential role in supporting our scholars’ core values. Please help us avoid cheating and other morally wrong behaviors by talking with your children about right and wrong.

Beyond Z

Based on the Dr. Seuss book On Beyond Zebra, Beyond Z is a phrase we use to emphasize that Success Academy scholars, teachers, and parents/guardians should and do go far beyond what is expected.

Behavior Expectations

General Information

Our first priority is to ensure the safety of our scholars and staff, and we believe that creating safe, orderly schools allows scholars to participate as productively as possible in the classroom. We cannot allow one child to disrupt the learning environment for all. To establish and maintain a school culture that promotes learning and respect for others, we have created an Honor Code that we expect the entire Success Academy community to uphold, both inside and outside of school.

Color-Coded System

To help provide your scholar with a world-class education, we use a behavior management system to allow scholars to successfully follow teacher directions, actively listen during instruction, and be respectful to adults and scholars alike. We start the year by explaining to our scholars not only what it is but also why it is important to our school community, since we want scholars to develop ownership over their conduct.

Each classroom uses a “stop-light” color-coded management system. Every day, scholars start on green. Throughout the day, if scholars are off task or not following instructions, they will get multiple reminders and redirection before their color will move to yellow. If the behaviors continue, their color may move to red.

When a scholar is on yellow, the scholar may be required to take a “cool down,” have a conversation with the teacher, go to a “buddy classroom” for five minutes or more, or speak with you on the phone. If a scholar moves to red, your scholar’s teacher will want to have a conversation with you at dismissal about how the day went.

What we ask of you

While adjusting to a new class, your scholar may have days when he or she is on red. If this occurs, please be prepared to stay to discuss the day with your scholar and the teacher. This practice and your cooperation are critical to helping your scholar understand acceptable classroom conduct.

It’s helpful to ask your scholar how he or she did each day. Scholars will have a calendar in their homework folders indicating what color they ended the day on. Please check this nightly. If your scholar is on green, celebrate his or her hard work! If your scholar is on yellow or red, ask why and discuss with your scholar what he or she can do to stay on green.

You can also call, text, or schedule a meeting with your teacher at any time to discuss how your scholar is doing with conduct and following directions.

Honor Code

Our first priority is to ensure the safety of all scholars and staff, and we believe that creating safe, orderly schools allows scholars to participate as productively as possible in the classroom. We do not allow one child to disrupt the learning environment for all. To establish and maintain a school culture that promotes learning and respect for others, we have created an Honor Code that we expect the entire Success Academy Community to uphold, both inside and outside of school.

Scholars are expected to act honorably at all times. Adhering to the Honor Code means that scholars will act truthfully, with high moral character, both on and off school property. Scholars must also bring forth knowledge of any violations to school leadership. Scholars engaging in or having knowledge of immoral, dangerous, illegal, and unsafe behavior will receive consequences including but not limited to detention, community service, suspension, expulsion, etc.

This Honor Code extends beyond our classroom walls. We expect scholars to behave appropriately and be respectful of others whether they are on school property or not. When we receive reports of scholars cursing and yelling on buses, blocking sidewalks, or jumping over subway turnstiles, we take swift and direct action, which may include a suspension. When a student wearing a Success Academy uniform acts in this manner, it harms the reputation of all our students. We want our scholars to be treated with respect and for them to succeed in their future endeavors. Please sit down and discuss this with your scholar.

Code of Conduct

Please keep in mind that the list of infractions and consequences is not exhaustive. School leaders can supplement the Code of Conduct with additional rules as appropriate. In addition, consequences for violations of the Code of Conduct are subject to the discretion of school leadership and may be supplemented and/or adjusted accordingly. A scholar’s prior conduct and his/her disciplinary history may be factors in determining the appropriate consequence for an infraction.

The Code of Conduct will be enforced at all times. Scholars must adhere to the Code of Conduct when at school, on school grounds, participating in a school-sponsored activity, and on the way to or from school or a school-sponsored activity. Serious misconduct outside of the school may be considered a school disciplinary offense when the misconduct or the scholar’s continued presence at the school has or would have a significant detrimental effect on the school and/or has created or would create a risk of substantial disruption to the work of the school.

Level 1 - Infractions

  • Engaging in minor disruptive or disrespectful behavior (including inappropriate noise level at any time)
  • Failing to follow directions
  • Arriving late to school/class or violating the school’s attendance policy
  • Violating the Dress Code
  • Littering on school grounds or causing minor damage to school property
  • Going to an area within the school building (e.g., other classrooms, the Main Office, stairwells) without permission or at undesignated times
  • Inappropriate noise levels in lunchroom, gym, and/or during arrival/dismissal
  • Being unprepared for class (which includes, but is not limited to, failing to complete homework)
  • Wearing clothing or other items that are unsafe or disruptive to the educational process
  • Failing to obtain required signatures on assignments or documents as requested

Level 1 - Range of School Responses, Interventions, & Consequences

  • Verbal or non-verbal warning by school staff
  • Reminder of appropriate behavior and task at hand
  • Loss of privileges
  • Other in-school disciplinary action
  • Detention
  • Other consequences/interventions deemed appropriate by school

Level 2 - Infractions

  • Committing a Level 1 Infraction after intervention
  • Using school equipment (e.g., computers, tablets, phones) without permission, improperly, or in an unsafe manner
  • Unauthorized possession or use of a cell phone
  • Verbally or physically disrespecting a fellow scholar (which includes, but is not limited to, teasing, name calling, being rude, mocking)
  • Verbally or physically disrespecting faculty, staff, other Success Academy community members, or other adults (which includes, but is not limited to, being disrespectful, being rude, disobeying instructions)
  • Consistently arriving late to school/class or violating the school’s attendance policy
  • Disrupting class or educational process in any way at any time (which includes, but is not limited to, making excessive noise in a classroom, failing to participate, refusing to work with partners, etc.)
  • Leaving class, school-related activity, or school premises without school authorization
  • Posting, viewing, or distributing inappropriate or offensive materials

Level 2 - Range of School Responses, Interventions, & Consequences

  • Conversation with principal/school administrator
  • Meeting between Success Academy staff, scholar, and/or parent/guardian
  • Verbal or written apology to community
  • Non-participation in a school activity (which may include, but is not limited to, communal lunch, enrichment or extracurricular activities, sports, school events, or trips)
  • Detention
  • Suspension
  • Other consequences/interventions deemed appropriate by school

Level 3 - Infractions

  • Committing a Level 2 Infraction after intervention
  • Seriously disrespecting a fellow scholar, faculty, staff, or other Success Academy community member (e.g., using profanity, making racial slurs, or using any foul or discriminatory language or gestures)
  • Exhibiting blatant and repeated disrespect for school policies, community, or culture
  • Violating the Technology, Internet Safety, and Social Media Acceptable Use Policy
  • Forgery
  • Lying or providing false or misleading information to school personnel
  • Engaging in academic dishonesty (which includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarizing, copying another’s work, or colluding/fraudulent collaboration)
  • Tampering with school records, documents, or materials
  • Falsely activating a fire alarm or other disaster alarm
  • Making threats of any kind
  • Vandalizing or misusing school property or property belonging to any member of the Success Academy community (which includes, but is not limited to, writing on desks, writing on school books, damaging property)
  • Stealing or knowingly possessing property belonging to another person without proper authorization
  • Throwing, slamming, or pushing classroom materials, doors, furniture, or other objects
  • Engaging in physically aggressive behavior (which includes, but is not limited to, “play fighting” or horseplay)
  • Repeatedly failing to attend class, school, or any school activity or event and/or repeatedly violating the school’s attendance policy

Level 3 - Range of School Responses, Interventions, & Consequences

  • Conversation with principal/school administrator
  • Meeting between Success Academy staff, scholar, and/or parent/guardian
  • Verbal or written apology to community
  • Non-participation in a school activity (which may include, but is not limited to, communal lunch, enrichment or extracurricular activities, sports, school events, or trips)
  • Detention
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion
  • Other consequences/interventions deemed appropriate by the school

Level 4 - Infractions

  • Committing a Level 3 Infraction after intervention
  • Committing an infraction after repeated suspensions and/or other disciplinary actions
  • Engaging in gang-related behavior (which includes, but is not limited to, wearing gang apparel, making gestures, or signs)
  • Destroying or attempting to destroy school property or property belonging to any member of the Success Academy community
  • Engaging or attempting to engage in inappropriate, unsafe, or unwanted physical contact
  • Engaging or attempting to engage in stalking, intimidation, bullying, discrimination, harassment, coercion, or extortion of any member of the Success Academy community
  • Threatening violence or harm (including by claiming to possess a weapon)
  • Engaging in behavior that creates a substantial risk of or results in injury/assault against any member of the Success Academy community
  • Gambling
  • Possessing, selling/sharing, or using alcohol, tobacco, or illegal or controlled substances
  • Participating in an incident of group violence
  • Possessing anything that could be considered as a dangerous object
  • Being charged with or convicted of a crime/felony

Level 4 - Range of School Responses, Interventions, & Consequences

  • Meeting between Success Academy staff, scholar, and/or parent/guardian
  • Non-participation in a school activity (which may include, but is not limited to, communal lunch, enrichment or extracurricular activities, sports, school events, or trips)
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion
  • Other consequences/interventions deemed appropriate by the school

Detention

A scholar who violates the Code of Conduct may be given before- or after-school detention for one or more days.

Suspensions and Expulsions

A scholar who violates the Code of Conduct may be suspended from school for one or more days.

A short-term suspension refers to the removal of a scholar from the school for disciplinary reasons for a period of five days or fewer.

Examples of infractions that may warrant a one-day suspension include, but are not limited to:

  • refusing to respect teachers, staff, or leadership or DOE-based staff,
  • intentionally cursing, or
  • hitting another scholar.

Examples that may warrant a three-day suspension include, but are not limited to:

  • cheating,
  • physical violence towards a teacher, or
  • inappropriate sexual conduct.

Examples that may warrant a five-day suspension include, but are not limited to:

  • physical assault of staff members or school safety agents or
  • drug use.

A long-term suspension refers to the removal of a scholar for disciplinary reasons for a period of more than five days.

If your child is suspended, you will be notified via phone call or in person at dismissal. You will receive a suspension letter within 24 hours. You must make arrangements with the school for mandatory alternative instruction for your child during his/her suspension. Parents are required to meet with school leadership on the first day a suspended scholar returns to school. These meetings are the most important part of any suspension; they are discussions about the future and preventing the incident from ever happening again.

A scholar who repeatedly or seriously violates the Code of Conduct may be permanently removed from the school for disciplinary reasons. However, in the 11 years Success Academy has operated schools, only one child has been expelled.

Violence and Aggression

Success Academy does not tolerate aggressive or violent conduct that puts the safety of our scholars or staff in jeopardy.

Harassment, Discrimination, and Bullying

Harassment, discrimination, and bullying are unacceptable in our schools and will not be tolerated. We come from different backgrounds and have different religious beliefs and lifestyles, but we are united in teaching children that part of success is being respectful, kind, and caring citizens. The Scholar Anti-Harassment, Anti-Discrimination, and Anti-Bullying Policy (Appendix A) sets forth guidelines for preventing, reporting, and responding to potential acts of harassment, discrimination, and bullying.

Integrated K-12 Education

Re-Enrollment

In the spring of every school year, Success Academy parents are required to declare whether they intend to re-enroll for the next school year. All students are entitled to re-enroll for the following school year. Parents/guardians who choose to re-enroll for the following year will be required to re-sign certain forms. The school may also require an in-person meeting as part of the re-enrollment process.

Failure to complete all enrollment forms in a timely fashion and/or complete the enrollment process may result in your child’s loss of his or her seat at the school.

Middle School Placement

Middle School Placement allows rising fifth-grade families to rank all Success Academy middle schools in order of preference by filling out an online preference form. Scholars will be matched to a middle school based on their rankings and the number of seats available at each school. Priority is given to:

  • Scholars with older siblings who are currently enrolled in the selected middle school
  • Scholars who live closest to the school

Every returning scholar is guaranteed a seat in a Success Academy middle school.

Miscellaneous Policies

Electronics at School

For cell phones and other personal technology, our rule is simple: If we see it or hear it, we take it away. Any teacher or school leadership member has the authority to enforce this rule. If a scholar’s personal technology is confiscated, he or she may pick it up from the Main Office at the end of the school day. If a scholar violates this rule more than two times in any trimester, he or she will be required to leave the cell phone or other personal technology in the Main Office at the beginning of the school day. Devices may be picked up when the scholar leaves the building for the day. Success Academy is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged cell phones or other personal technology that scholars choose to bring to school.

All cell phones must be turned off from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. They must be silenced and turned to vibrate only from 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and from 5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

If a scholar needs to make an emergency phone call to a family member during the school day, the scholar must first obtain permission from a teacher or administrator and use the school telephone in the Main Office.

Fundraising

Other than your scholar’s uniform and club fees, you won’t have to worry about any other expenses or fundraising. In fact, fundraising of any kind is not permitted — we prefer that you focus your time and energy on your child’s academic success and well-being.

Gifts to Staff

Our staff is thrilled to accept your thanks and kind words, but they do not expect any gifts. To avoid issues of favoritism and competition, staff members can accept only gifts that are homemade (e.g., a card, a letter, your child’s art, or baked goods). They cannot accept any gifts that are store-bought.

Lost & Found

Lost and found items will be kept in the Main Office and, if unclaimed, will be donated at the school’s discretion. You are responsible for labeling all your child’s clothing and teaching your child to keep track of his or her belongings.

Requests for Specific Teachers or Peers

Each year, we do our best to ensure that your child is placed in a classroom with teachers and scholars who will provide the best possible learning experience. To accomplish this goal, a school may reassign a scholar to another classroom during the school year at its sole discretion. We do not accept or accommodate requests for a specific teacher or for certain scholars to be placed in the same class.

Technology, Internet Safety, and Social Media Acceptable Use Policy

Please ensure that you and your child read and understand the Technology, Internet Safety, and Social Media Acceptable Use Policy (Appendix B). This policy sets forth guidelines and rules for your child’s use of computers, the Internet, and other technological resources available at school.

Requests for Transfer to a different Success Academy

In general, once a scholar is admitted to an SA school, there is no ability to transfer to a different SA school.  In very rare circumstances, however, a scholar may be eligible for a transfer if (1) there is a documented safety concern, or (2) the family has a significant hardship (e.g., extensive commute, or relocation to a shelter).  Such requests will only be considered if they are in the best interests of the scholar and family, in terms of academics, behavior, and school culture, as determined by school leadership.  Requests to transfer due to a significant hardship will be considered only from 9/1 through 12/31 each year, except for scholars in their first year at SA, who are ineligible for a transfer unless there is a documented safety concern. If you would like to request a transfer, please reach out to your Senior Leader.

*updated 9/18/17

Appendix A

Anti-Harassment, Anti-Discrimination, and Anti-Bullying Policy

All scholars should feel safe and welcome at school. We have a zero tolerance policy against acts of harassment, discrimination, or bullying. This includes behaviors that take place outside of school if they harm others or disrupt scholars’ education.

We are all responsible for stopping harassment, discrimination, and bullying before and when they happen.

Harassment, Discriminations, and Bullying

In general, bullying:

  • is targeted and repeated;
  • involves a power imbalance;
  • creates a hostile environment; and
  • has substantial negative consequences.

Harassment, discrimination, and bullying can be behaviors that are physical, verbal, social, and/or cyber (Internet). Here are examples of harassing or bullying behaviors when targeted and repeated:

Physical: Hitting, kicking, pinching, pushing, or damaging/forcibly taking others’ property

Verbal: Name-calling, put-downs, making threats, teasing, or spreading harmful rumors

Social: Deliberately harming another scholar’s friendships or relationships

Cyber (Internet): Sending text messages, emails, or posting messages or pictures on social media that hurt or embarrass others

Preventing Harassment, Discrimination, and Bullying

Respect toward others is one of our most important principles. You should always treat others as you would want to be treated. It is never okay to engage in harassing, bullying, or discriminatory conduct.

You are responsible for your own actions, even if everyone else is acting in an inappropriate manner. While you don’t have to be friends with every single scholar at school, you do have to be respectful at all times.

Reporting Harassment, Discrimination, and Bullying

Tell your teacher, the school’s Dignity Act Coordinator, a leader, or another adult (including a parent/guardian) right away if you believe you are being harassed, discriminated against, or bullied, or if you believe someone else is. The school’s principal will make sure the school investigates and puts a stop to any harassment, discrimination, and bullying. Parents/guardians may also report potential acts of harassment, discrimination, or bullying to teachers and administrators. Reports may be made orally or in writing.

Suspension and Expulsion

Scholars may be disciplined (including suspension, expulsion, and/or other consequences) for violating this policy.

No Retaliation

There will be no retaliation against anyone who, in good faith, reports or assists in the investigation of potential acts of harassment, discrimination, or bullying.

Reporting to NYS Office of Children and Family Services

If you suspect a scholar is being abused or neglected at home, you may make a report to the NYS Office of Children and Family Services, at http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/cps/ or by phone, 1-800-342-3720.

Appendix B

Technology, Internet Safety, and Social Media Acceptable Use Policy

Technology can be a great learning tool. However, scholars must use technology safely and responsibly.

By “technology” we mean computers, tablets, phones, mobile devices, the Internet, social media (which includes Facebook, Twitter, and others), blogs, email, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communication. “Technology” also includes educational websites, applications, and platforms including Google’s G Suite for Education that scholars use for educational purposes.

This policy covers the use of ANY technology (not just technology owned by the school), including off-campus use, which could disrupt the school or scholars’ education and/or interfere with others’ rights. This policy is meant to be representative, and does NOT cover every single situation.

Be Safe

  • Never share your login credentials (username and password) with anyone.
  • Never share information about yourself or pictures with strangers.
  • If you meet someone online, do not meet in person.
  • If someone sends you a message that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell your parents or a teacher right away.

Be Appropriate

  • Be polite, kind, and respectful. It’s okay to disagree with others’ views, but do so respectfully.
  • Bullying, including cyberbullying, inappropriate language, harassment, and discrimination will not be tolerated. It is not acceptable to be mean, make fun of, embarrass, or pick on others. You also cannot curse or use other language online that you would not be able to use at school.
  • Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want friends, parents, teachers, college admissions officers, or a future employer to see! (Even if you think your site is private, it’s probably not—people can view and share what you post, now and far into the future.)
  • Don’t “friend” your teachers or other Success Academy staff online.
  • Don’t view, send, or post messages or pictures that would be inappropriate for school, would harm another person, and/or would disrupt school.
  • Respect others’ privacy.
  • Don’t “hack” or access computers or websites without permission.
  • Don’t pretend you are someone else or use someone else’s identity online.
  • Do your own work. Don’t plagiarize (presenting others’ ideas or writings as your own).

Be Responsible

  • YOU are responsible for YOUR online conduct.
  • Don’t copy or download books, music, movies, pictures, or anything else without the owner’s permission.
  • Don’t gamble or engage in illegal activity online.
  • If you are unsure whether something violates this policy, ask your teacher.
  • If someone violates this policy, report the violation immediately to a teacher.

Keeping Our School Community Safe

For the safety of our school community and to comply with federal law, we will:

  • Teach you how to be safe on the Internet. Instruction will cover appropriate online behavior (including on social networking sites and in chat rooms) and how to avoid and address cyberbullying;
  • Monitor the use of our technology at all times; and
  • To the extent practical, use filtering software that blocks inappropriate content and/or websites deemed to be obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors.

If you violate this policy, you may lose technology privileges or be subject to other disciplinary consequences.

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